Rawhide Chips for Dogs Recalled by
Date Published: Monday, October 20th, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/4041
The Associated Press is reporting that the Hartz Mountain Corporation has recalled a specific lot of its Hartz chicken-basted rawhide chips for dogs. There are concerns that one or more bags in the affected lot might be contaminated with salmonella.
The lots involved are two-pound plastic bags of chips with lot code JC23282 and UPC number 3270096463. The chicken-based rawhide chips were distributed to a national retail customer, Hartz confirmed; Hartz would not name the customer. Hartz reported that its normal testing through an independent laboratory did not detect salmonella in any of its rawhide products; however, sample testing by another laboratory indicated the presence of the bacteria in a bag of the chicken-basted chips. “Hartz is investigating the difference in test results and the potential source of the problem. It said no animals or humans had been reported ill,” according to the Associated Press.
This is not the first time in recent months that
salmonella has turned up in pet food. In August we reported that the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found strong evidence
linking recalled dried pet food manufactured by the Mars Petcare
US company to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella. Sixty-six people in
18 states were sickened by Salmonella Schwarzengrund,
the same strain that was detected in Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula
and Krasdale Gravy dry dog foods recalled by Mars Petcare that same week. Also, the Pennsylvania Health
Department found traces of Schwarzengrund
Salmonella at the southwestern
Last month another Mars Petcare
Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and—if the rawhide chips are handled—in people, especially children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that salmonella can be transferred from pets to people who ingest or handle contaminated products. Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes and painful urination. A victim of Reiter’s Syndrome may have already been treated for the initial infection, and it can be weeks before the symptoms of Reiter’s Syndrome become apparent. Reiter’s Syndrome, which can plague its victims for months or years, is said to occur when reactive arthritis is evident and at least one other non-joint area, such as the eyes, skin or muscles, is affected.
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